Each and every staff member at DECS works tirelessly to ensure that our students receive the best possible education in California. Nothing is more important than creating exceptional leaders and scholars!
Mr. Steve Lewis
After graduating from San Diego State University with an English degree, I decided to pursue the idea of teaching. My love of travel resulted in my involvement with volunteer organizations in the former Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico and Guatemala. I taught 5th and 6th grade for seven years and after receiving my Master of Arts Degree in Bilingual Education from CSUS, I accepted my first administration job as Director of a bilingual school in Antigua, Guatemala.
It was there that I met my wonderful wife and we began to build our home in Ciudad Vieja. Before arriving at River Charter Schools, I was a principal for seven years in Sacramento. As your Superintendent, I am proud to inform you that the DECS and Lighthouse staff is the best I have ever worked with as an educator. We are committed to providing our students with learning opportunities that truly make a difference. I look forward to working with you this year!
Mr. Peter Stone
Chief Business Officer (CBO)
After graduating from UC Berkeley with an Accounting degree, I joined the audit firm of KPMG where I had the opportunity of seeing how various companies handled their accounting, and from there moved to Ampex in various audit, finance and accounting positions. Then, I joined Pearson, the largest textbook publisher in the world, and co-founded the Electronic Education division to take the new K-2 Waterford Early Reading Program to market in schools across the U.S. I was very excited to help make a significant difference in the reading achievement for the most needy children.
I have a wonderful wife and four children, two of whom are married. We moved here to the Clarksburg area in 2000 to a working farm and love the Delta. I am very involved in our church as well. I am excited to see the really great things that Steve and the whole team at DECS are doing to ensure the highest quality education for each and every child entrusted to DECS.
Mrs. Vanessa Belair
After graduating from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND I pursed my dream of becoming a teacher. Within a few years I went back to school and received a Master’s Degree in Education Administration with an Administrative Credential. Since graduating I have spent 12 wonderful years in education. As DECS principal, it is an honor to have 400 students who light up my life each and every day. What a true blessing!
I have an incredible husband and son who give me endless support. Though we don’t live in Clarksburg we have always felt a part of the community. The DECS staff is like family to me and I look forward to another outstanding year alongside each and every one of them.
Kristy van Loben Sels
Special Programs Coordinator